Archive for May, 2013


Last month we hosted Model United Nations conferences for middle schoolers from North and South Carolina. Model UN is one of the Y’s most influential youth development initiatives, designed to promote leadership and character development through the discussion and debate of important global issues.

In the classroom and within their local Y branches, students work year-round in groups to study a specific country’s culture, customs, language and history. All activities are guided and directed by YMCA professionals, social studies teachers, and passionate YMCA volunteers. Typically these are mentorships from local high school and college students who are alumni of the Y’s Youth in Government programs!

These programs are helping to create the next generation of good citizens. By allowing youth to work within a framework of state, national, and international governmental systems, tomorrow’s leaders will understand their role within a global society.


Together we are not only impacting lives and communities…we are changing the world!


The Model UN program culminates in a two-day trip to YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly where students represent their chosen country at a mock United Nations Assembly. During the conference they simulate the operation and structure of the UN in an atmosphere that promotes respect, unity and cross-cultural understanding.

Here students actively participate in proposal writing, public speaking, and coalition-building on behalf of their nation.

Advisory Council meeting in Heaton Hall

Advisory Council meeting in Heaton Hall

Through the Model UN program  students gain:

  • Exposure to new ideas
  • Real world experience
  • Cultural understanding
  • Civic engagment
  • Ethics training
  • Preparation for academic success
  • Lifelong friendships
Festival of Nations, where students dress in native attire and enjoy an expo of countries customs, language, food and more.

Festival of Nations, where students dress in native attire and enjoy an expo of countries customs, language, food and more.

Click here to read about a group of local students Model UN experience through the YWNC’s 21st Century Program!

Many Model UN participants will return to the mountain later this summer with other national youth conferences such as:

Blue Ridge Leaders’ School :June 15-22

Conference on National Affairs :June 29 – July 5

Christian Values Conference July 12-14 ( Jr.) & July 15-19 (High School)

Achievers (July 19-21) 

Our beautiful facilities provide the ideal location to unite the YMCA triad of spirit, mind, and body. Here memories are made to last a lifetime, and this summer is sure to be more memorable than ever!




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